Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams of 8 defend real-world networks
World's largest cyber defense competition cofounded with the Air Force to inspire students towards STEM careers
Individual or team network assessment and network defense competition where competitors vie for control of resources
Collegiate cyber defense competition where teams compete by securing provided virtual machines
Low- and no-cost professional training solutions through certification prep courses and cybersecurity awareness training.
Research-based cybersecurity courses aimed at helping individuals in states and communities nationwide to develop and improve their own cybersecurity programs
We customize training, host workshops, and conduct community-wide exercises to suit your organization’s individual needs
In 2015, the Air Force Association contracted with the CIAS to develop three digital games for its Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ISCEI): Security Showdown 2, Packet Protector and JeffOS.
Since those initial games were created, two additional prototype educational games were developed through National Science Foundation grants. The first interactive game, Project Cipher, introduces students, in fourth grade and up, to cybersecurity principles that focus on cryptography.
The second prototype game, Pyramid of Knowledge, is designed as a testing tool for teachers. It provides educators with the ability to build their own quizzes for use in the game interface. And rounding out these games is Cyber Threat Defender: Digital, targeting players 11 years old and up! All of these cybersecurity games can be found within the CIAS Launcher.
All of these cybersecurity games are free to download – bundled in a single file! When you open the “CIAS Launcher”, you are asked to extract the files somewhere (“Desktop” or “Downloads” or “Games” is fine!). Once this process is completed, locate the Launcher file on your computer and open it. Select the game icons of your choosing and click “Install” for each game you want to play!
Mac: No launcher yet, but individual games can be downloaded separately.
GNU/Linux: Launcher works with Wine.
Below are brief descriptions of the electronic games featured within the CIAS Launcher. If you have questions about the games or have trouble accessing them, contact email@example.com.
The CIAS was established at UTSA in June of 2001 as part of UTSA’s creation of a cybersecurity program. The CIAS delivers quality research, training, K-12 education, and competition and exercise programs to advance organizational and community cybersecurity capabilities and collaboration.